Scholarships and internships
Targeting young Māori students is in line with AgResearch's aim to increase Māori involvement and capacity in research, science and technology. At AgResearch we are committed to recruit and retain Māori students and researchers. To talented and enthusiastic students considering a career in science and research we offer summer student internships, as well as Masterate and Doctoral scholarship, support and mentoring opportunities.
Each summer opportunity is provided for Māori students to experience work in a research environment. The internships programme is full-time and runs for 10-12 weeks over the summer break. During the summer period 2009/2010 four students were chose from the applications received. AgResearch also provide opportunity for secondary school students via the Otago Mana Pounamu Awards to enable students to attend Hands-On-Science.
In 2010 AgResearch awarded two PhD scholarships under the Science Career Promotion – Māori policy. Each scholarship is for three years and is worth $40,000 which is allocated to consumables, operating costs, university fees and support to the student.
The recipients of the 2010 Doctoral scholarships were Natasha Forester and Quentin Sciascia.